Hello Office 2013. Or is it goodbye?

So today is the day that Office 2013 went on sale. And no, I didn’t rush out and buy a copy – mainly because I’ve been using it for quite a while since it was made available to Microsoft Partners. Lucky me, eh?


And it definitely has some nice features, works nicely with Windows 8, very nicely with Office365 and particularly good if you have a free Outlook.com account.

No doubt we will see it appearing on new PCs shortly and if you decide to go to certain computer stores at local retail parks they will be trying to convince you how vital it is with your new purchase.

And if you’d like to buy it now, I’ve even found the links for you and added them to the little Amazon widget here.

What a lovely geek I am.[/one_half][one_half_last]

[/one_half_last]However, I’m going to be trying something a little different.

Cold turkey for me, please.

About a year ago I went cold turkey with my email and stopped using Outlook. As a Google Apps user, my Outlook synchronised really nicely with my Google account. All my calendars, contacts, emails were all available in Outlook just as if I was still back in my corporate life, using Exchange.

And if you’re a power user, Outlook is a lot more than just an email program. But I was trying to encourage people to use Google Apps for their email so I thought I had better walk the walk. I thought I’d try to give it a go for a couple of weeks, just to prove you can, then come back to Outlook.

But I never came back. I have used Gmail ever since and it has made my email life so much easier. Labels are far more powerful than folders, searching is just incredibly fast and it just works.

Apologies for stealing “it just works” from Apple, but the Mac Mail client is just plain horrible so I really don’t think it can make that claim this time.

Anyway, enough of that Gmail / Outlook malarkey. What about Word, Excel and PowerPoint?

Ready to get started? Actually, no...
Ready to get started? Actually, no…

I’m going to stop using them.

Instead, I’m going to start using the documents capabilities in Google Drive more. I’ve had a few documents and spreadsheets in there for ages, I know it works and is capable of far more than I need.

One of my first tasks has been to switch over to two-step verification on my Google account. If you use Google, you should switch too. And I know I should have done it a year ago, but please remember to do as I say, not as I do.

So, here goes. Will I make it all the way through February? We shall see, and I will keep you posted along the way.

Apart from anything, I’d really like an excuse to get a Chromebook 🙂


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Jonathan Gwyer first delved into geekery with a ZX81 in 1981 and has been working in IT since 1990.

A Microsoft Certified Professional with many years of large corporate experience and training, he now focuses on helping small businesses make the most of their IT.
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Hello Office 2013. Or is it goodbye?

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